About Joy

Gaelic Singer | TV & Radio Presenter | Scottish Stepdancer | Educator

Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop’s singing career is the result of a life–long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major Celtic festivals, to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and New Zealand.

Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2020, 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal and released two highly acclaimed solo albums, Dùsgadh and Faileasan. She is also the driving force between ‘Gaelic/Gaeilge supergroup’, LAS and has released collaborative albums with Twelfth Day, Music Makes Me and Melody & Derrick Cameron, amongst others.

A popular television & radio presenter, Joy forecasts the weather on both BBC Scotland & BBC ALBA and co-presents the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition; in addition to frequent appearances on Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gàidheal.  She also conducts the Alba Choir, Scotland’s first and only Eurovision entry, who participated in the 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dithis | Duo

SRM007 (2020)

“The sheer simplicity of Joy’s plaintive soprano voice and Andrew’s brilliant piano arrangements make listening a real pleasure.”

“Exquisitely done”

Dithis (Duo) is the debut album by sibling duo Joy and Andrew Dunlop. From an early age, the pair was steeped in the rich, musical tapestry of Argyll but developed their talents in different ways: Joy immersed herself in Gaelic song traditions and Andrew followed a classical path. Dithis is a meeting and melding of their two worlds; marrying traditional Gaelic material with classical leaning accompaniments, to create a sound uniquely their own.

Following creative residences on the Isle of Mull, Dithis explores the paired back relationship of piano and voice, with light touches of harmonium and glockenspiel. Raw, authentic live performances in English, Gaelic and Scots explore the universal themes of love and loss through the centuries, creating a fusion of musical unity and understanding that pushes traditional musical boundaries, whilst maintaining a distinctive air of authenticity throughout.

Latest News

  • 5***** review – Dithis (Joy&Andrew)

    5***** review – Dithis (Joy&Andrew)

    Many thanks to Folk Wales for making Dithis their ‘5 Star Choice’ for June.
  • BBC News Theme Cèilidh!

    BBC News Theme Cèilidh!

    Due to the current Covid-19 situation, I'm reporting the weather these days from home...
  • Covid Choral Workshops

    Covid Choral Workshops

    As you may have recently heard, this year's Royal National Mòd in Inverness has been postponed until 2021...
  • Fèis Rois: Bheir dhomh am fonn

    Fèis Rois: Bheir dhomh am fonn

    2020 marks thirty years since the inception of Fèis Rois nan Inbheach, one of Scotland's leading arts organisations.
  • New Joy&Andrew Video

    New Joy&Andrew Video

    As we're unable to tour our new album Dithis, Andrew and I thought it would be nice to share another of our new videos.


Upcoming | Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019
  • Sat

    Gaelic Songs for All with Joy Dunlop


    Gilded Ballroom,
    Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 204 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 4AZ

    Have you always wanted to try Gaelic singing? If so, why not come and learn some of Mòd Gold Medalist, Joy Dunlop’s favourite Gaelic songs from her home in Argyll. No previous experience of Gaelic or singing is necessary – Joy will ensure the group goes at an easy pace to ensure everyone gets as much out of it as possible. Words will be available to take away but feel free to take a small recording device along with you. 

    Book here – https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/gaelic-songs-for-all-with-joy-dunlop


  • Sat

    Come & Try Puirt with Joy Dunlop


    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

    Have you always wanted to try Gaelic singing? If so, here’s your chance to come and learn some Gaelic puirt à beul (mouth music) with Mòd Gold Medalist and multi-prize-winning Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop. No previous experience of Gaelic or singing necessary – just a ‘have a go’ attitude! Participants will receive paper copies of all material covered but feel free to take a small recording device/dictaphone along with you as it always helps to remember the rhythm of the words after the workshop is over!

    Book tickets – https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/come-try-puirt-with-joy-dunlop



  • Tue

    EDINBURGH, Usher Hall


    Joy Dunlop in concert, accompanied  by multi-instrumentalist Ron Jappy.

    Tickets available at usherhall.co.uk


  • Wed

    GLASGOW, o2 Academy


    Joy Dunlop in concert, accompanied  by multi-instrumentalist Ron Jappy.

    Tickets available at o2academy.co.uk

  • Thu

    STIRLING, The Tolbooth


    Joy Dunlop in concert, accompanied  by multi-instrumentalist Ron Jappy.

    Tickets available at thetolbooth.co.uk

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